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a range of recreational opportunities
at Shamrock Ranch.
will be limited only by your own imagination. Wildlife abounds
on the ranch, and there are endless scenic vistas accessed
by hundreds of miles of trails. Look for opportunities in
horseback riding, sport
shooting and just enjoying being catered
to by the wonderful folks at William's Shamrock Ranch.
There is a large resident
herd of Tule elk and blacktail deer abound on the ranch's
complex terrain of mountains, hillside meadows and deep
big game hunting is managed under a private land management
(PLM) arrangement with the California Department of
For more information on William's Shamrock Ranch,
For Free-Roaming Tule Elk
Tule elk, in danger of extinction in the 1880s, were greatly
reduced in number by hunting and loss of habitat. Fortunately,
in 1874, cattleman Henry Miller began a 50-year effort to
save the Tulie. In 1932, the few remaining of the Tule Elk
herd were given permanent protection in a 950-acre property,
now known as Tule Elk State Reserve. Elk from the reserve
have been successfully transplanted to other areas in California
where free-roaming herds of Tule elk can be found today. Williams
Shamrock Ranch is fortunate to have the largest resident herd
of these successfully transplanted Tulies.
miss an opportunity to hunt this rarer elk species. Though
smaller in size than other species, the Tule Elk is a trophy
for any big game hunter. A mature bull (or stag) will weigh
700 pounds on an average while the cows (or hinds) are only
about three-fourths as large. Only males have antlers which
are rounded and widely spread, averaging four to six points
on each. Antlers are shed in March with new ones fully grown
Tule elk and blacktail deer trophy hunters are encouraged
to book early as a limited number of tags are available.
All visitors to the ranch are asked to sign a general release
of liability form upon arrival.
in excess of 300 points have been taken off the ranch in recent
years. Currently four to six trophy bulls are harvested each
season along with a similar number of cows. Typical hunts
last three to five days although most tags can be filled on
the first morning. Our guides are experienced hunters who
have been residing on the ranch for many years and hence know
the movement patterns of the herds.
Trophy Tule Bull Elk Hunt $12,000
(booking fee $5000);
Cow Tule Elk Hunt $2,000
(booking fee $800).
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Deer Opportunities at William's Shamrock Ranch
deer are abundant throughout the complex, rugged mountainous
terrain of the ranch. It is not uncommon to see twenty
to thirty bucks feeding along any of a multitude of mountainous
trails at dusk. The grassy hillsides bounded by oaks and
conifers and dotted with lush springs offer excellent feed
and cover for these beautiful animals.
deer herds on the ranch are currently being carefully managed
in a Private Landowner Management (PLM) agreement with the
Department of Wildlife of the State of California to evolve
genetics specifically directed at heavy horn growth. It is
anticipated that the population of trophy bucks will increase
each year. For the less ambitious hunter a yearly harvest
of management bucks is an option. Trophy hunts are typically
three to five days and management hunts one to three days.
Trophy hunts are best booked early in the year as a limited
number of tags are available.
Rates: Blacktail Deer Hunt $3000; Trophy buck
$1000 additional (booking fee $1000).
Late-season Blacktail Deer Hunt $3500 (after October
15); Trophy buck $1500 additional (booking fee $1200).
Management Blacktail Deer Hunt $1200 (booking fee $500).
William's Shamrock Ranch
miles of grassy trails that skirt the ridge tops teem with
dense coveys of Mountain and California quail and increasing
numbers of ruffed grouse have been noted in recent years with
the decline of predators. The ranch enjoys one of the largest
populations of Russian wild boar in Mendocino county. Flocks
containing as many as two dozen wild turkeys are commonly
seen feeding along the slopes on the western side of the ranch.
Several deep water ponds are stocked with large mouth bass
and fish as large as ten pounds are frequently landed. In
the warm summer evenings catfish and crappie can be caught
along the rocky shoreline.
newly constructed 4,000 square foot fully appointed mountain
lodge with a game dressing facility and a rifle and pistol
range houses our guests. Appropriate season clothing is recommended...
the summers days are warm with cool evenings and the winters
tend to be cooler with rains.
ownership and management of the Shamrock Ranch and the Shamrock
Ranch Outfitters, LLC are fully committed to the highest principles
of land stewardship, protection of the environment and enhancement
of wildlife habitat.